Since 1982, St. Jerome’s University has offered Lectures in Catholic Experience to our local community, providing opportunities for us to engage with the critical issues of our time. We have invited scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders to address subjects in the areas of religion and politics, spirituality, health care, international relations and human rights, ecological responsibility, religious pluralism, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, religion and the media, and others. In response to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the Lectures in Catholic Experience held its 2021-2022 series of lectures online. Please use the PAST LECTURES icon to connect to recorded versions of lectures.
As the COVID-19 crisis extended into yet another academic year, many felt like they were in a fog. How long are vaccines effective? What health measures are best? When can we go back to “normal”? Why go back to normal if normal was based—as Pope Francis has argued–on the exploitation of the poor and the earth?
The 2021-2022 Lectures in Catholic Experience explored our search for truth in uncertain and difficult times. Our speakers attempted to light a way forward.
Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, our last lecture in the series planned for April 22nd has been rescheduled. Dr. Jose Pereira’s talk, “End of Life Care and the Cost of Neglect”, will be part of our exciting 2022-2023 season. The event will be sponsored by SJU’s Lectures in Catholic Experience, the SJU Master of Catholic Thought program, and Hospice Waterloo Region.
Thank you for supporting our 2020-2021 "Fog and Light" online lecture series. We look forward to welcoming you back to the St. Jerome’s University campus in the fall semester. While you wait for the return of on campus lectures I encourage you to listen to this year's speakers by visiting the PAST LECTURES icon provided below.
David Seljak, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
Coordinator, Lectures in Catholic Experience
The Lectures in Catholic Experience take place in the Vanstone Lecture Hall, Academic Centre (SJ2), located at St. Jerome's University. Click here for detailed location and map information.
Complimentary parking is available in Lots A and B at St. Jerome’s University. Pay for parking is also available within walking distance of the Academic Centre.
Thank you to the individuals and organizations that make the Lectures in Catholic Experience series possible each year. We are grateful for your support and in particular acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the following:
Congregation of the Resurrection
Family and Friends of Laurence A. Cummings
Family and Friends of Ken Devlin
Family and Friends of John Sweeney
Family and Friends of John J. Wintermeyer
Friends of Michael W. Higgins
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters)
Jesuits of Canada
Patrons of the Lectures in Catholic Experience
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
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